Another Statue for Nujoma

Windhoek – Namibia has bestowed another honour on its Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma, for the role he played in the liberation of the country.

Nujoma will be honoured with a statue to be erected at Omugulu-gwoombashe National Heritage Site.

According to the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, the statue of former President, Dr Sam Nujoma, is in recognition of his service as PLAN Commander-in-Chief during the liberation struggle.

“The statue serves as an honour and recognition, by Namibians, of the priceless role he has played in leading the struggle to its logical conclusion,” the Ministry said.

Nujoma is affectionately referred to as ‘the Father of the Nation' and indeed, his personality and achievements tower over Namibian politics and public life. He is the central figure in the liberation struggle that brought independence to Namibia and he is equally central to the policies and practices that have shaped Namibia since then.

The statue is the latest among many honours that have been bestowed upon him.

Last year, Namibians witnessed the unveiling of Dr Nujoma statue in front of the Independence Memorial Museum replacing the Equestrian Monument, Reiterdenkmal of the German colonial era.

Another statue is that of the Unknown Soldier erected at Heroes Acre, which bears a striking resemblance of Nujoma. The four-tonne eight-metre tall bronze sculpture of a soldier holding an AK-47 assault rifle in one hand and brandishing an anti-tank grenade in the other, represents all Namibian heroes who died in the fight for independence.

Last year Namibia also bestowed Nujoma with the privilege of featuring on the new banknotes, as one of the security features.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba launched the bank notes during last year’s Independence Day in Karas region.

During the launching ceremony, President Pohamba told the nation that the portrait of the Father of the Nation on the N$10 and N$20 banknotes is in recognition of the role he played in the liberation struggle leading to the country’s independence in 1990.

Heroes’ Day is a unifying national event where Namibians across the political spectrum are expected to pay homage to the heroes and heroines who sacrificed their precious lives during the war of liberation.

Namibia commemorates its heroes and heroines on August 26 and this year the National Heroes Day main event will be held at Omugulu-gwoombashe, in the Omusati region, at the Omugulu-gwoombashe National Heritage Site.

The organising ministry said more than 50 000 from all over the world are expected to attend the event. The site is located at the spot of the first contact in the bush war that started on August 26, 1966.

The highlight of the celebrations will be the presentation of medals of honour to deserving heroes and heroines of the land of the brave. 

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology extended an open invitation to all Omusati residents to attend the Heroes’ Day celebrations adding that “those who will not be able to travel are encouraged to plan events marking the 2013 Heroes’ Day in their regions.”

Heroes’ Day is part of the national calendar to remind Namibians not to forget the people whose blood waters our freedom for the enormous sacrifices they made for the country’s freedom and independence.

Many heroes and heroines died resisting and fighting against foreign occupation, oppression and repression while others were maimed by the racist apartheid colonial army machinery.

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